Who Are We?
Glasshouse Christian College is a Prep to Year 12 Independent School located in the iconic Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland Australia. We are committed to providing a high quality of education (within a Christian context), where students grow in faith and knowledge. On top of a rigorous academic suite of ‘traditional’ subject offerings, we are particularly interested in what Education should look like in the future (5, 10, 20 years). How can we best prepare students for their futures in careers that currently do not exist, where the focus will not be what one knows, but what skills one has to acquire knowledge and apply it effectively?
What is the DeLorean Project?
The DeLorean Project’s original and continuing mandate is to provide Year 10 students with the opportunity to engage in authentic, student-directed learning. The goal has always been to develop within students the capacity to work collaboratively, think innovatively and contribute to the world genuinely.
Every project that runs in the DeLorean Project must be negotiated by students with Facilitators. Each student/group must justify their projects through the eyes of the DeLrean Spheres (ab0ve); articulating the problem that needs solving, showing how an entrepreneurial mindset will help to solve the problem, and leveraging technology to solve the problem.
In terms of skill acquisition, the initial iteration of the DeLorean Project used the University of Melbourne’s framework (above left) from The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (Binkley et al, 2012), basic design procedures and cooperative learning structures.
In our second year we have moved to a more formal construct that has mapped the 21st Century Skills to ACARA’s General Capabilities, which allowed us to produce the DeLorean Skill Set.
Our second year has proven to be very successful so far and now includes the following:
- assessable criteria and development of the DeLorean Skill Set based on the General Capabilities (as stated within ACARA)
- refined DeLorean Spheres to provide a more streamlined focus for student projects
- use of Lean Startup to provide a structured approach to project development
- use of AusIdentities to assist students in identifying their personality types and learning styles
- upskilling in Cooperative Learning Structures
- continued partnership with USC (including new projects with two new schools within the
- Nursing and Mental Health fields of study)
- inauguration of the DeLorean coffee van project.
At every juncture, the DeLorean Project’s mission is to provide students with the skills they will need to navigate their voyage through the 21st century.
- To enhance students’ capacity to become better thinkers and learners, with a focus on collaborative learning and critical thinking.
- Collaborative Learning involves communication (stating ideas, taking turns, clarifying differences), empathy (listening, constructive criticism, understanding others) and accountability (accepting responsibility and sharing tasks).
- Critical Thinking involves questioning, problem-solving and reflection.
- To improve students’ attitudes towards learning and their own perceived engagement in a “school setting’.
- To better prepare students for their future, which involves the functional and contextual use of literacy, numeracy and Information and Communication Technology.
Why Call it The DeLorean Project?
Naming this project came with as many provisos, caveats, loopholes, perils and calamities as naming a child. We didn’t want to be obvious and, therefore, copycat with names like ‘The Project’. We didn’t want to be generic. We wanted to be relevant and have a forward thinking connotation. We wanted something that engendered and created its own air of mystery; something that made people go ‘Ahhhhh!’ when they got it.
‘The DeLorean Project’ was born shortly after Back to the Future Day – October 21st, 2015. Our ideas were starting to take solid shape and the concept of a workable, negotiated learning project was going to happen. All we needed was a name. To us, it was like a bolt from the blue. The DeLorean, in the ‘Back to the Future’ movie trilogy, was the vehicle that brought about change, paved the way for the future, inspired people with the possibilities for the future and hey, who wasn’t excited at the prospect of hoverboards! The DeLorean was a great catalyst for transformation, a vehicle for opportunities and, ultimately, the perfect metaphor for our program. The parallels of innovation, creativity, collaboration and design that can be drawn between the ‘Back to the Future’ movies and our DeLorean Project are unending.
Doc’s final statement to Marty and Jennifer, at the end of Back to the Future Part 3, when Jennifer questions the disappearing text on a page she brought back from the future summarises our vision for the project beautifully…
“It means that your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So, make it a good one.” Dr Emmett Brown